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Yasmin Sooka’s war crimes comments: Maj. Gen. Sallay writes to UN and EU

State Intelligence Service Director, Major General Suresh Sallay, has written to the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) offices in Sri Lanka against alleged defamatory statements made to the Press concerning him by the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), Yasmin Sooka.

Attorney-at-Law representing Sallay, Pasan Weerasinghe, handed over the letter to the UN and EU offices yesterday (18), following which he said that the alleged defamatory statements made by Sooka had violated Sallay’s basic human rights, and thereby potentially endangered his life. Weerasinghe stated that this is also contrary to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act.

He further stated that Sooka and the ITJP had also been granted funds from various trusts and organisations to aid in achieving reconciliation in Sri Lanka, claiming, however, that they have conducted themselves in a manner contrary to the intended use of such funds. “These funds have been utilized for furthering the agendas of those in support of the agenda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Tamil terrorists and to obstruct reconciliation among communities in the country.”

Previously, Sallay had sent a Letter of Demand to Sooka for the alleged defamatory statements published by the ITJP Sri Lanka website and demanded the payment of Rs 1 billion, stating that he would initiate both civil and criminal actions against Sooka and the ITJP if they fail to make the payment.

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